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Industry mergers, consolidations reach record levels

Posted: 02 Oct 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Micrel  IC Insights  merger  consolidation  semiconductor 

Avago's megadeal to acquire Broadcom

Avago's megadeal to acquire Broadcom

In what is perhaps the year's biggest jaw-dropping deal so far, Avago in May struck a deal to acquire Broadcom for about $37 billion in cash and stock. The deal, if it is consummated, would be the largest ever high-tech acquisition. This agreement turned heads not only for its sheer size, but also because Broadcom's 2014 sales of roughly $8.4 billion far exceeded Avago's 2014 revenues of about $4.9 billion. The transaction is expected to close by January 2016.

NXP offloads RF power unit

NXP offloads RF power unit

NXP power amplifier

To help its acquisition of Freescale clear regulatory review, NXP in May agreed to sell its RF power business to Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd (JAC Capital) for $1.8 billion. The deal, which will result in a new company focused on the RF power amplifier market, is expected to close by the end of this year.

Intel grabs Altera

Intel grabs Altera

Intel acquires Altera and plans to ship products that combine x86 and FPGA die in a single package.

After weeks of negotiations, which at one point broke down, the world's largest chip maker struck a deal in June to acquire FPGA vendor Altera for about $16.7 billion in cash. Intel plans to ship products that combine x86 and FPGA die in a single package starting next year for servers and some embedded systems, followed closely by SoCs that merge both technologies. The deal is expected to close early next year.

Cypress dumps mobile touchscreen business

Cypress dumps its mobile touchscreen business

Cypress dumps its mobile touchscreen business

In one of 2015's smaller and less-celebrated details, Cypress Semiconductor announced in June that it sold its TrueTouch mobile touchscreen IC business to Parade Technologies, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based supplier of video displays and interface ICs, for $100 million. The deal closed in August.

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